Board Of Directors

Bill Hoppin, President

Bill joins the Throckmorton Theatre BOD with extensive experience and a passion for sustaining Marin’s rich artistic and cultural heritage. Bill is on the board of The Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, having served as President of the board from 2015-’16. Currently, Bill is VP of Business Development for Aerohive Networks. He is truly an executive management professional (sales/marketing, business development, fund raising, and general management) specializing in taking pre-sales start ups to revenue, profitability, and liquidity. Also interested in technology aligned with millennial habits that can help create real and meaningful communities.

Lucy Mercer, Founder & Executive Artistic Director

Lucy founded 142 Throckmorton Theatre with the belief that the arts are an indispensable part of human inspiration. Her vision was to use the transformative power of the arts to engage, challenge and foster community through provocative cultural and educational exchange. Today her programs represent a broad spectrum of the cultural arts and are offered to every member of our diverse community.  Her deep understanding and support of the artistic process has developed an environment of understanding and respect amongst audiences and artists that lives far beyond the individual performance.

Beni Shinohara, Secretary

 A native of Nagoya, Japan, violinist Beni Shinohara studied at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where she earned a Master of Music degree. She also studied extensively in Europe with Sandor Vegh before coming to the United States. Beni has been the Assistant Principal Second violin for the San Francisco Opera Orchestra since 1988 and Assistant Concertmaster in the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra since 1990. She has appeared as a soloist with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony and the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, the Houston Ballet Orchestra, and the Cabrillo Music Festival Orchestra. Over the years, she has premiered numerous twentieth-century Japanese composers’ works, participating in the “Music Today” Concert Series under the direction of Toru Takemitsu. She also performs with many with Bay Area chamber ensembles such as the Marin Chamber Players, Gold Coast Chamber Players, and the Edgewood Trio.  She currently lives in Mill Valley with her husband Katsuto and their Flat-Coated Retriever, Myla.

Karine Wittmer, Treasurer   

Successful and passionate global business development and marketing leader, (EMEA, USA) with 15+ years experience in the ever-evolving consumer/retail environment, creating market opportunities and business development strategies, skilled at building global brands in the CPG sector. Multicultural leader and team builder, excellent at engaging and rallying teams, product and business partners to uncover needs and deliver innovative and creative solution to accomplish optimal outcomes. Outstanding communication, presentation and negotiation skills. Successful experience with hands-on management and execution of multiple tasks and projects all within a rapidly changing environment.